Jessica Williams is the youngest correspondent to ever join The Daily Show and now she’s saying goodbye.
After four years on the late-night show, Williams is headed to Comedy Central to work on an upcoming comedy series. She joined the Emmy-winning program back in 2012 at the age of 22 and tonight’s episode will unfortunately be her last.
“I feel so many emotions,” Williams told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel like I’m growing up and graduating.”
Many viewers will miss the young woman’s commentary and one of her coworkers is expressing his feelings about the recent news.
“The sadness I have for Jessica leaving is only eclipsed by the joy I have for her starting her new show,” said Trevor Noah in an email. “If her podcast is anything to go by, it’s going to be an exciting show!”
The untitled show has been described as being about “a politically-minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing.” Williams is writing, producing, and starring in the pilot for the half-hour scripted series. While her new gig is a shock to some, the 26-year-old signed a development deal with Comedy Central back in March.
“It’s a show about someone in their 20s who has all these social ideas but still, like, does not have it together,” said Williams. “And she’s goofy and silly and funny!”
Williams was the first Black woman to hold her position on The Daily Show. Some even hoped that she would takeover Jon Stewart’s role when he left the show over a year ago. Although she’s moving on to better things, Williams has opened the door for more women of color to join late-night comedy. She’s an inspiration to many and we can’t wait to see what she does in the neat future.